last week’s films…

Last 8 (weekly lists always have the latest on top) were streamed on Filmstruck.

Safety Last! (1923), Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor ★★★★★

There were certain days she could be sure to get a letter from him. They were Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lady Snowblood (1973), Toshiya Fujita ★★★★★  movie of the week

The morning has died, and the snow falls in mourning.

Daybreak Express (1953), D.A. Pennebaker ★★★★★

Music by Duke Ellington.

The Executioner (1963), Luis Garcia Berlanga ★★★★★

Father, what’s his neck size?

Black Something (2016), David Zellner, Nathan Zellner ★★★★★

“In late 2015, “Bright Ideas” magazine and its publisher, the innovative crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed & Spark, commissioned directing duo the Zellner Bros. (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) to make a short piece in response to a Criterion Collection release that they considered inspiring. The brothers chose Louis Malle’s wild, hallucinogenic BLACK MOON (1975), itself a tripped-out reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland.” Shot in the woods near their Austin homes, BLACK SOMETHING captures Malle’s blending of idyllic pastoral imagery with nightmarish fantasy, distilling it into a skin-crawlingly unsettling three-minute short.”

– Filmstruck Criterion Channel

Incident at Oglala (1992), Michael Apted ★★★★★

Diva Dolorosa (1999), Peter Delpeut ★★★★★

Footnote (2011), Joseph Cedar ★★★★★

Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Mel Gibson ★★★★★

To Have and Have Not (1944), Howard Hawks ★★★★★ rewatch

Was you ever bit by a dead bee?

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (2015), Marianne Lambert ★★★★★

Then her own daughter makes this film Jeanne Deilman. And I show something I can feel within her and her aunts. And something that leaves no place for piano lessons. Or anything else for that matter. Only the repetition, the obsession, the confinement, the corridors, the kitchens.

No Home Movie (2015), Chantal Akerman ★★★★★

In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Robert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton ★★★★★ rewatch

First remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (1940). Always nice to see Judy Garland’s 3 year old daughter Liza Minnelli in the last scene.

Once a Chicken (2015), Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin ★★★★★

Tatsumi (2013), Eric Khoo ★★★★★

Don’t push. You’ll break the door open.

Damn! We’re packed in here like sardines, while the cows are traveling like royalty.

Famous Nathan (2014), Lloyd Handwerker ★★★

Cafe Society (2016), Woody Allen ★★★★★

You have this deer in the headlights quality.

Arrival (2016), Denis Villeneuve ★★★★★


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High Hopes (1988), Mike Leigh

Two Mike Leigh films this week, High Hopes and All or Nothing.  Both with Ruth Sheen, who reminds me of a British Shelley Duvall. She stars with Timothy Spall in All or Nothing (2002), and are both in Mr. Turner (2014). All of the Mike Leigh movies I’ve seen are gems.

Train to Busan (2016), Yeon Sang-ho

Antonia’s Line (1996), Marleen Gorris

Isn’t it terrible that nothing exists?

That’s why there’s so much.

A.K. (1985), Chris Maker

Seventy four minute documentary with Akira Kurosawa on the slopes of Mt. Fuji making Ran (1985).

Christmas in the Clouds (2001), Kate Montgomery

He used to take pictures with the tourists. Let the little kids ride him. We called him…, Kevin.

Another Woman (1988), Woody Allen

All or Nothing (2002), Mike Leigh

Yeah it was nice. I had that and mash and like green cauliflower stuff.

Oh yeah broccoli.

The Last Waltz (1978), Martin Scorsese

The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-wook

TEKKONKINKREET (2007), Michael Arias

And I thought Satoshi Kon was the end all be all. Well, he is, but now there’s Michael Arias. I don’t think he’s an animator like SK, but you can’t have everything.

When the sky turns black why do I feel blue?

An Angel at My Table (1990), Jane Campion

Certain Women (2016), Kelly Reichardt ★ movie of the week

New #1 for the year.

I see her movies at the theater as soon as I hear about it. Two scenes: one with water flowing by, and another is a close up of two people in a car with the reflection of the clouds and trees passing by, and the conversation gets to the point of being heated and at the same time a mountain starts covering her profile from the neck to the chin to the nose and they’re about to argue and it peaks right around her eyebrows and then it moves down just as things cool off. Very cool camera work.

Three great trailers played before the feature; Julieta (2016), directed by Pedro Almodovar, Personal Shopper (2016), Olivier Assayas, and I, Daniel Blake (2016), Ken Loach. Three movies that I’ll see at the theater.

Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (1996), Mary Engel

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Father of My Children (2009), Mia Hansen-Love

Chungking Express (1994), Kar Wai Wong     rewatch

This film always comes to mind when I think about making an all time top 10 list, or top 5.

Cyrus (2010), Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Finding Gaston (2014), Julia Patricia Perez

He said what did you do? I said nothing, I just put them in the freezer so they don’t get rotten. He said look Vitoriano, do you have any idea of how many hours and how much danger these fisherman have gone through to catch this fish? So you can ruin it in a minute?

Youth in Revolt (2009), Miguel Arteta

Jimi Plays Monterey (1986), D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus

Pete Townsend and uh Jimi almost came to blows backstage. Neither one of them wanted to follow the other. So I flipped a coin, and Pete won. Jimi jumped up on a chair and yelled if he was going to follow The Who he was going to pull out all stops and he was going to blow everybody away. And that’s the way it started.

Le Quattro Volte (2010), Michelangelo Frammartino

New #1 for 2011.

A War (Krigen) (2015), Tobias Lindholm

Children of Invention (2009), Tze Chun

Posthumous (2014), Lulu Wang

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014), Gregg Araki …did not finish

If I were in a theater, I would’ve walked out.

Mustang (2015), Deniz Gamze Erguven

I only found out later what Auntie Emine did for us.

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939), Kenji Mizoguchi


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Night of the Living Deb (2015), Kyle Rankin

Hey we can survive on this stuff.

Maybe for an hour, if we were rabbits.

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) (1954), Jacques Becker

Eddie the Eagle (2016), Dexter Fletcher

I almost ejected it, but after a day I hit play again to find out what happened, otherwise a very ordinary production with music that seems so trite that it’s a sore thumb. The story itself was great, and I’m glad I know it now. The best scene was with Christopher Walken. I would have liked to see more of Petra.

The Music Room (1958), Satyajit Ray movie of the week

A Room with a View (1985), James Ivory

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016), Edward Zwick

Rams (2015), Grimur Hakonarson

Iceland. Sheep farmers. Beautifully filmed slow burner with lots of visual storytelling – actions explaining relationships.


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Aferim! (2015), Radu Jude ★★★★★

Eye in the Sky (2015), Gavin Hood ★★

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Cristian Mungiu ★★★★★

Two students in Ceausescu’s Romania, where finding a pack of your favorite cigarettes is an adventure.

Of Gods and Men (2010), Xavier Beauvois ★★★

Deepwater Horizon (2016), Peter Berg ★★★★★

The Wonders (2014), Alice Rohrwacher ★★★★★

Platform (2000), Jia Zhangke ★★★★★

The Accountant (2016), Gavin O’Connor ★★★★★

Land of Plenty (2004), Wim Wenders ★★★★★


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Innocence (2004), Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Embrace of the Serpent (2015), Ciro Guerra

The Girl on the Train (2016), Tate Taylor

She’s Funny That Way (2014), Peter Bogdanovich

45 Years (2015), Andrew Haigh movie of the week

New #1 for 2015.

Film opens to a black screen as the minimalist title sequence rolls with sound effects that many will not recognize, but is quite recognizable. Later, a photo with a placement of a hand that is unmistakable in what it represents and evokes a

Bright Star (2009), Jane Campion

Chicken with Plums (2011), Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

Zootopia (2016), Byron Howard Rich Moore

The Meddler (2015), Lorene Scafaria

Oh did you get my message about the serial killer? The guy that’s going all around southern California targeting young women?

Well, we should be fine then.

Chicken People (2016), Nicole Lucas Haimes

Diary of a Chambermaid (2016), Benoit Jacquot